The Georgetown Department of Art and Art History is honored and delighted to present the 2020 Senior Art Majors Exhibition. The show of work by our graduating students is a venerable tradition of the Department, which celebrated its fiftieth anniversary in 2017. While every annual exhibition is unique, this one is unlike all its predecessors at Georgetown in the most fundamental of ways: it is presented exclusively online rather than in our galleries. For reasons everyone understands and will never forget, it is impossible in Spring 2020 to install work and experience it together in shared space.
But this lost immediacy will be less memorable than the extraordinary work at the heart of the exhibition. Across a range of media and with fresh insight, the students probe elemental themes that resonate now more than ever around the globe: memory, identity, perception, race, beauty, journeys, waste, redemption, and more. Some of the work feels unsettling, while other pieces are more sly, haunting, or hopeful. Together they reflect the magnetic humanity of art in a time that has pulled us away from each other.
In the absorbing work they have shared this Spring, these young artists signal futures we are very eager to see.
– Al Acres
Wright Family Term Associate Professor in Art History
Department of Art and Art History